Japanese authorities have reportedly discovered the remains of a 17th century Italian Catholic priest, known as the "last missionary martyr" to Japan for his efforts to advance Christianity in one of the least Christian nations in the world.
"It is the first time we've found a near match of the bones of a foreign missionary," said Waseda University professor Akio Tanigawa. "This is an extremely important discovery for the history of Christianity in Japan."
Although the remains of Jesuit priest Giovanni Battista Sidotti were discovered back in April 2014 during excavation at the site of Krishitan Yashiki, they were not identified as belonging to the missionary until DNA matches were confirmed on Monday, the Japan Times reported. more >>
"I don't understand why our offerings are down. Attendance is not down."
"It's a bit scary. If we lose our two highest giving families, our offerings will be down almost 20 percent. None of the younger families will replace that."
Those are two representative comments from pastors who have expressed specific concerns to me about their church's finances. Moreover, they are often perplexed why offerings are down when other factors point that offerings should be higher. more >>
Ex-Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll's attempt at a new beginning was somewhat overshadowed Easter Sunday as protesters gathered outside Driscoll's new Arizona-based Trinity Church to warn congregants of the pastor's alleged misdeeds.
Although few in number, protesters held signs that read: "Trinity = Mars Hill" and "Where'd all the Money Go, Mark???" alluding to the allegations surrounding the embattled pastor's tenure at the now defunct Mars Hill Church.
Protester Bob Sluys, a former member of Mars Hill, according to a report from KCTV5 News, yelled to parishioners as they entered the building, "Ask Mark, but he won't answer! His [Driscoll's] empire was built on the back of unpaid labor, volunteers, abusive culture, and all for Jesus' fame." more >>
An evangelical author and former feminist recently stated that Christians who support socialism and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders are "lazy."
Chelsen Vicari, author and Evangelical Program Director with the Institute on Religion & Democracy, told the Daily Caller in a recent interview that these "lazy Christians" expect government to take care of problems that Christians and the Church should address.
"Young Christians are confusing individual Christian compassion and the Church's role and responsibility in public life with the government providing entitlements and expanding welfare programs," said Vicari. more >>
Ed Young Jr.'s Fellowship Church held its fourth annual "Good Friday in the Park" celebration in Dallas, Texas, ahead of the pastor's Easter message, which will focus on doubt, and how people can overcome their doubts through faith.
"This year, we're going to take a unique look at the resurrection through the perspective of doubt. Let's face it, we all have some doubts. This year, we're going to take a hard look at what causes those doubts and how we can have faith on the other side of them," Andy Boyd, spokesman for Fellowship Church, told The Christian Post.
"Easter is a time when people who haven't been to church give God a shot. It's a time when most people we know are thinking about the things of God. So every year, we make the entire experience new and fresh and relevant," he said, speaking about the Good Friday in the Park communitywide celebration the church held yesterday that featured live music, food trucks, and a sermon by Young. more >>
Christians should be encouraged to "come as [they] are" this Easter season, Pastor Rick Warren wrote in a devotional post this week.
Warren, who oversees Saddleback Church in Southern California, wrote on Tuesday that some Christians may have the misconception that they need to "clean up [their] act" before they can present themselves to Jesus.
The megachurch pastor says that while Christians may think they need to do this, in fact the opposite is true. "The truth is, God doesn't expect us to clean up our act before we approach him. The death and Resurrection of Jesus is God's statement on that. Jesus spread out his arms and said, 'I love you this much. Now, just come as you are,'" Warren says, adding that, as Psalm 57:3 notes, God's death on the cross proved his unconditional love for us. more >>